Jewish Federation of Orange County amplifies Jewish life in Orange County, Israel, and around the world by providing strategic philanthropy and communal leadership.
Federation partners with organizations to incubate innovative strategies that help make Jewish happen with greater impact. We believe that innovation is a way to reimagine Jewish life, ensuring that Jewish wisdom and community remain relevant in a changing world. We express this idea in a simple equation:
We believe that (P)hilanthropy plus (I)nnovation multiplied by (L)eadership will determine the Jewish future.
Federation’s Teen Engagement & Wellness Initiative is a multi-year investment designed to incubate and strengthen Jewish tween and teen programs in Orange County. Building on the research of the Jim Joseph Foundation, Federation seeks communal partnership to bring investment into tween and teen programs, meeting an identified gap in local Jewish programming.
Jewish Federation’s Teen Engagement & Wellness Initiative seeks to address two core challenges:
The perpetual problem of teens opting out of Jewish life in their tween and teen years
The need for wellness resources for teens that can guide and support teens holistically through a Jewish lens
As we launch the Teen Engagement & Wellness Initiative, we have 3 objectives:
Increase funding to existing and new projects to develop innovative ways to
a) engage more tweens and teens and
b) provide doorways to wellness resources for teens
Encourage Do It Yourself Jewish programs that allow teens to be co-creators in providing high-quality experiences
Spur a communal effort to elevate the careers of youth professionals and develop a pipeline for Jewish professional leaders for the future
Jewish organizations, synagogues, and entrepreneurial program providers that can show a fundamental commitment to providing innovative programs to Jewish youth and youth professionals in Orange County.
Eligible applicants include nonprofits with tax-exempt status (or fiscal sponsorship) that serve the Orange County Jewish community. Nonprofits that currently receive other Federation grants must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered. Only one application per organization will be accepted.
Proposals are requested from Orange County Jewish community organizations, congregations, Chabad centers, agencies and schools for innovative programs or initiatives that engage preteens and teens in Jewish life and/or wellness through a Jewish lens. These programs may be new, or existing, and must (a) achieve an incremental growth in participation of this demographic and/or (b) multiply the doorways for this demographic to wellness resources.
Grants are likely to range from $10,000-$30,000 per year with a maximum of $50,000 per year and will be competitively awarded. Our intention is to provide renewable grants for up to 3 years. Granting guidelines are below.
Professional Development workshops are a unique opportunity for staff who work with tweens/teens to learn from leading practitioners in the field. Along the way, you’ll strengthen your abilities as a youth professional and further develop your leadership practice. We want to see you succeed and continue your career growth as a Jewish professional. We’re planning on pulling together 4-6 of these opportunities a year.
Community of Practice is designed to provide a multifaceted way of understanding the work and make friends who might work someplace else but share your passion for getting teens to do Jewish. The community of practice will meet up during the professional development workshops and on occasion to share the learning.
Congregation B'nai Israel
Merage Jewish Community Center
Chabad of Mission Viejo
Jewish Educators Association of OC
Hillel of OC
Temple Beth Tikvah & Jewish Collaborative of Orange County